Opera ballet

The Greek National Opera Ballet visits Italy with HUMAN BEHAVIOR

The Greek National Opera Ballet travels to Italy to present Human Behaviour, the hit production of the GNO Alternative Stage, a triptych of contemporary dance choreographed by Ioannis Mandafounis, Konstantinos Rigos and Ermira Goro, in the Chiostro grande of the Chiostri di San Pietro, the great courtyard of the iconic Monastery of Saint Peter in Reggio Emilia, Italy, July 12, 2022. The show will take place as part of the Summer Festival Danza ai Chiostri, co-organized by the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto and the Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, within the Restate 2022 program of the city of Reggio Emilia. The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to strengthen the artistic influence of the National Opera of Greece.

In the same Festival, the GNO Ballet will also present three MicroDances, namely three short dance performances (lasting 6 to 10 minutes) choreographed by Yannis Nikolaidis, Elena Kekkou and Konstantinos Rigos, on July 15, 16 and 17, 2022 MicroDances is part of An Ideal City, a program run in collaboration with three European dance organizations – Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto (Reggio Emilia), Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Brussels) and the Greek National Opera Ballet (Athens) – and co-financed by the European program Creative Europe, which aims to support the cultural and creative industry in Europe.

Human behavior

The Greek National Opera Ballet performs the contemporary dance triptych Human Behavior in the Chiostro grande des Chiostri di San Pietro, the great courtyard of the iconic Monastery of Saint Peter in Reggio Emilia, Italy, July 12, 2022. Ioannis Mandafounis choreographed Point de No Return to music by Giorgos Koumendakis, Ermira Goro choreographed Plan B to music by Dimitra Trypani, and GNO Ballet director Konstantinos Rigos choreographed Lieder ohne Wrote to music by Dimitris Terzakis. The choreographies oscillate between classical and contemporary styles, giving GNO Ballet dancers the opportunity to experiment with new forms and on a smaller scale, to the music of Giorgos Koumendakis, Dimitra Trypani and Dimitris Terzakis.

Point of no return

Choreography, costume designer Ioannis Mandafounis
Music Giorgos Koumendakis
Lighting designer Christos Tziogkas

With the participation of GNO Ballet dancers

The choreography Point of No Return is a co-production of GNO and CIE Ioannis Mandafounis

Lieder ohne Worte

Choreography, set designer Konstantinos Rigos
Music Dimitri Terzakis
Costume designer Yorgos Mesimeris
Lighting designer Christos Tziogkas
Associate Architect Mary Tsangari

With the participation of GNO Ballet dancers

Plan B

Choreography Ermira Goro
Music Dimitra Trypani
Scenographer and costume designer Christos Delidimos
Lighting designer Christos Tziogkas

With the participation of GNO Ballet dancers

Microdances

Three MicroDances, i.e. three short dance performances (lasting 6 to 10 minutes) choreographed by Yannis Nikolaidis, Elena Kekkou and Konstantinos Rigos will also be presented as part of the Danza ai Chiostri Festival, on July 15, 16 and 17, 2022 The three MircoDances will take place in different spaces of the Chiostri di San Pietro, giving the public the possibility of watching them successively, as they would during a museum visit. More specifically, the following works will be presented:

Knight Rider

Choreography: Yannis Nikolaidis
Music: Manolis Manousakis
Dancer: Margarita Kostoglou

I often have the impression that the exhibits in the museums I visit are captives of war. Just like wild animals in zoos. Objects and creatures forever trapped, violently removed from their natural environment and separated from the reason for their existence. Often their enemy is the ruthless weather that makes them museum exhibits, or simply human greed. Often those less fortunate than us have this experience, trapped in crumbling bodies that fail to fulfill the desires of their minds. Doomed to complete the rest of their lives in them. Marvelous knights in painfully stiff armour.

-Yannis Nikolaidis

active motivation

Choreography: Elena Kekkou
Live music: Antonis Vlachos
Dancer: Elena Kekkou

Each existence is unique. Human existence is an endless line which, as it advances, intersects with other lines creating an interaction. It starts on its own and it ends on its own. The essence, however, is in the intermediate state. The movement contains a code that unlocks the essence of existence and delimits it. The choice of position is what defines the path.

-Elena Kekkou

Do not forget me

Choreography: Konstantinos Rigos
Music: Giorgos Koumendakis
Saxophone: Guido de Flaviis
Dancer: Vangelis Bikos

An archetypical, virile, solid body, imprisoned in restoration rafters, breathes again. He comes to life through the air released by a wind instrument creating the melody of his breath as well as his final release from limitation. A mobile visual trajectory where the body creates architectural gestures in dialogue with the “static” statues of the site. Inspired by the period of confinement and the silence of the city.

-Constantinos Rigos